Andre Leon Talley - Andre Leon Talley: Fashion industry can be racist
André Leon Talley has opened up about his past experiences of racism in the fashion world, as well as his sexuality.
André Leon Talley has experienced racism in the fashion industry.
The former Vogue editor-at-large grew up in the segregated South in the US and says he struggled to come to terms with the fact he may never hold a top magazine job because of his ethnicity.
He told Vanity Fair magazine: ''People stereotype you. What person of colour do you know who's in a position like that, be it a man or a woman, unless it's Essence magazine?''
The new Russian Numéro editor-at-large also spoke openly about his sexuality in the candid interview, insisting he doesn't label himself as gay and joking about his strict upbringing.
André said: ''I was just into my magazines and the drawings. I had a very strict upbringing, almost puritanical. I lived there all the way through college. I was in my grandmother's house, and I respected that!''
Although the former 'America's Next Top Model' judge has had ''gay experiences'' in the past, he would never date a male designer.
He laughed: ''I swear on my grandmother's grave that I never slept with a single designer in my life. Never, ever desired, never was asked, never was approached, never, ever bought, in my entire career. Never. Not one. Skinny or fat. Never.''